About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#800000
sRGBB (r, g, b)(128, 0, 0)
HSV (h, s, v)(0°, 100%, 50%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(26, 86, 12°)
ISCC–NBS descriptorDeep reddish brown
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Maroon (US/UK /məˈrn/ mə-ROON,[2] Australia /məˈrn/ mə-ROHN[3]) is a brownish crimson color that takes its name from the French word marron, or chestnut.[4] "Marron" is also one of the French translations for "brown".

According to multiple dictionaries, there are variabilities in defining the color maroon. The Cambridge English Dictionary defines maroon as a dark reddish-purple color while its "American Dictionary" section defines maroon as dark brown-red. This suggests slight perceptual differences in the U.K. versus North America.[5] Lexico online dictionary defines maroon as a brownish-red.[6] Similarly, defines maroon as a dark brownish-red.[7] The Oxford English Dictionary describes maroon as "a brownish crimson (strong red) or claret (purple color) color,"[8] while the Merriam-Webster online dictionary simply defines it as a dark red.[9]

In the sRGB color model for additive color representation, the web color called maroon is created by turning down the brightness of pure red to about one half. It is also noted that maroon is the complement of the web color called teal.[1]


A bunch of chestnuts. Maroon is derived from marron, French for chestnut.
The word "maroon" derives from the French marron, meaning chestnut.

Maroon is derived from French marron ("chestnut"),[10] itself from the Italian marrone that means both chestnut and brown (but the color maroon in Italian is granata and in French is grenat), from the medieval Greek maraon.[11]

The first recorded use of maroon as a color name in English was in 1789.[12]

In culture

National symbols
School colors

Many universities, colleges, high schools and other educational institutions have maroon as one of their school colors. Popular combinations include maroon and white, maroon and grey, maroon and gold, and maroon and blue.


Sports teams often use maroon as one of their identifying colors, as a result, many have received the nickname "Maroons."

Commercial variations of maroon

Maroon (Crayola)

Maroon (Crayola)
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#C32148
sRGBB (r, g, b)(195, 33, 72)
HSV (h, s, v)(346°, 83%, 76%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(43, 112, 5°)
ISCC–NBS descriptorVivid red
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

The color designated as maroon in Crayola crayons since 1949 is a bright medium shade of maroon halfway between brown and rose.

Rich maroon (maroon (X11))

Rich maroon [ maroon (X11) ]
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#B03060
sRGBB (r, g, b)(176, 48, 96)
HSV (h, s, v)(338°, 73%, 69%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(42, 82, 355°)
SourceX11 color names#Color name clashes
ISCC–NBS descriptorStrong red
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Displayed in the adjacent table is the color rich maroon, i.e. maroon as defined in the X11 color names, which is much brighter and more toned toward rose than the HTML/CSS maroon shown above.

See the chart Color name clashes in the X11 color names article to see those colors that are different in HTML/CSS and X11.

Dark red

"Dark red" redirects here. For other uses, see Dark Red (disambiguation).

Dark Red
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#8B0000
sRGBB (r, g, b)(139, 0, 0)
HSV (h, s, v)(0°, 100%, 55%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(28, 94, 12°)
ISCC–NBS descriptorStrong reddish brown
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Displayed in the adjacent table is the web color dark red.

UP maroon

UP Maroon
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#7B1113
sRGBB (r, g, b)(123, 17, 19)
HSV (h, s, v)(359°, 86%, 48%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(26, 75, 12°)
ISCC–NBS descriptorDeep reddish brown
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

UP Maroon is the shade used by the University of the Philippines as its primary color.

See also


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  4. ^ Cambridge English Dictionary on-line; "maroon is red!!!"; Webster's New World Dictionary of American English, 3rd College Edition, (1988). "A dark brown". Random House College Dictionary (1975), "a dark brownish".
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